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Study: 436,000 Michiganders qualify for subsidized healthcare

The new health care law will mandate that people buy some form of insurance.
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
A nurse administering a shot.

More than 436,000 Michigan residents will qualify for tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, according to a report released today from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

According to the study, 17 million Americans are eligible for tax credits that will lower their cost of coverage.

Most of those eligible folks come from states with high populations: Texas, for instance, is estimated to have over 2 million residents who would qualify for subsidies.

California’s not far behind with $1.9 million.

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Kaiser Family Foundation
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 17 million Americans are eligible for lower healthcare costs due to tax credits.

Of course, being eligible for tax credits under the new healthcare marketplace doesn’t mean much if you can’t actually access that marketplace.

Despite President Barack Obama’s promises to bring a “tech surge” to fix Healthcare.gov, the faulty website — which enrolled only six people on its opening day — still has glitches.

On “Face the Nation,” Rep. Mike Rogers (MI-R) said the Department of Health and Human Services should take down the website until it can handle more visitors.

"They need to take the site down, stabilize it, meaning they can't continue to add code every week and then they need to stress test the system," Rogers said on Sunday.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a blogupdating users on fixes.

In their latest post, they said things are improving "and by the end of November, it will be working smoothly for the vast majority of users."

- Melanie Kruvelis, Michigan Radio Newsroom

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